Birmingham: Guy Cosmo race report

Cosmo Gets A Call From Southard Motorsports Preformed Line Products No. 3 Daytona Prototype Guy Cosmo takes over for Randy Ruhlman at Barber Motorsports Park Last-minute race schedule conflicts prevented regular driver Randy Ruhlman from joining...

Cosmo Gets A Call From Southard Motorsports Preformed Line Products No. 3 Daytona Prototype
Guy Cosmo takes over for Randy Ruhlman at Barber Motorsports Park

Last-minute race schedule conflicts prevented regular driver Randy Ruhlman from joining the Southard Motorsports team this past weekend at Barber Motorsports Park for the Grand Am Rolex Series. Ruhlman will return to the No. 3 Preformed Line Products Lexus Riley in two weeks, when the Grand-Am Series heads north for Rounds Eleven and Twelve of competition at Montreal and Watkins Glen.

The No. 3 Preformed Line Products Daytona Prototype is campaigned by Southard Motorsports of Powell, Ohio. The Riley chassis is powered by Lexus engines with technical expertise by TRD Engineering and carries sponsorship from Preformed Line Products from Mayfield Village, Ohio.

"Well, another weekend with a new team," laughed Guy Cosmo. "Steve and Martha Southard are two of the nicest people in the paddock, and we've had several conversations about my joining the program, but had never had the proper opportunity to do so."

Cosmo will be sharing the driving duties with Ruhlman's regular co-driver, Shane Lewis.

"Shane and I are great friends," said an enthusiastic Cosmo. "We have often talked about driving together, so we were both looking forward to sharing the wheel. And, we're almost the same height and weight, which is a huge benefit when you have to share a seat and do quick driver changes."

"The Preformed Line Products Lexus Riley started the weekend a bit off the pace," noted Guy. "But Shane and I worked with the team really well to target the areas that needed tweaking. We were able to make significant progress just before qualifying and Shane qualified the car 9th."

"Unfortunately, our race pace just wasn't a match for the competition over the long haul," said Guy. "Shane had a great start and worked his way up to 6th, but we lost a few positions through the pit rotation. He handed the car over to me running in 10th. I jumped in and on the restart. And though my pace was exactly as fast as Shane's, I fell victim to an increasingly faster pace by the competition. And, even though I set our fastest race lap and ran a very consistent pace, everyone else seemed to get faster. That relegated me to 13th while reeling in Burt Frisselle in a great chase to the finish."

"It was extremely hot and humid this weekend in Alabama," continued Guy. "It was tough and physical. Thanks to Paul Booth and Performance Drink, though, I felt better than ever when I climbed out of the Daytona Prototype - I won't leave home without it!"

"It's been fun playing musical chairs in the series," said Guy, "and I was glad to fill in for Randy and represent Preformed Line Products, TrueChoice and Southard Motorsports. Plus, I finally got to share a car with Shane instead of racing against him. In the end, it was another great weekend and driving for the Southards was a nice surprise. Who knows what team I'll drive for next!"

-credit: gc/jt

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Guy Cosmo , Randy Ruhlman , Burt Frisselle